Garden Versus Groundhog

There is so much to do this time of year! I’ve been busy mulching all my beds and planting more spring crops. The first planting of radish and lettuce are already up, and I’ll probably have radish ready for harvest in another week or so—but I have a problem.

Pest Alert: Asparagus Beetles

It’s time to head out and cut back last year’s asparagus ferns. Asparagus pruning is one of my least favorite springtime chores, but it’s also one of the most essential.

Emerald Ash Borer Damage

The havoc created by a little green insect known as the emerald ash borer is very evident these days here in western Pennsylvania. Tree after tree is meeting its end because of this imported pest, and the ash trees on our property are no exception.

3 Ways to Keep a Pest-free Garden

In last week’s post, I discussed a couple of excellent pest-prevention techniques you can easily employ in your own garden. Here are a few more of my favorites.

Leafminer Diseases

2 Tools to Outsmart Garden Pests

Pest insects are always on my list of garden challenges, but what I and many other gardeners have discovered is that with pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Garden Scare: Harlequin Bug

I was out in the garden the other afternoon with my son who, for some unknown reason, decided he wanted to plant some seeds.

Pests and High Tunnels

While high tunnels are great for season extension and disease prevention, think twice about how they affect pests.

Deer-resistant Bulbs

Although I always intend to do it earlier in the season, I’m still busy planting bulbs in my garden.

4 Ways to Prevent Japanese Beetles

In researching an article I recently wrote, I came across some interesting information about preventing Japanese beetles in the garden. I thought I might share the advice with you now so you’ll be better prepared to battle them next season.

Stink Bug Studies

The stink bugs have been terrible here this fall. A recent introduction from Asia, the brown marmorated stink bug has really become problematic for gardeners and homeowners in the East, and its range is spreading.